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Great trail system, well marked with cairns for the summit. Lots of other options for trails off of the PCT with nice lakes in the area. It is pretty tough but well worth the trip. My group went from Rockpile Trail #3632 to the summit of diamond peak which was about 12 miles round trip.

very challenging hike... the last part is steep and very unstable. scree sucks! however, the view from there top is magnificent. AMAZING hike! will definitely do again! if you have poles, use them! and bring plenty of water!

Fantastic hike. Very steep at last section but well worth the views.

We made it up within a mile from the top. Snow became to deep and consistent to find the trail. Still worth the hike to see the views. Just disappointed we could not get past the tree line

8 months ago

Sweet views at the top. No snow as of 7/6/17

MOSQUITOS! Lots of stagnant pools. Wasn't prepared for that or the heat...Only made it 1 1/2 miles & turned back. Eaten alive! :)

major mosquitos, too much snow to even get to 2nd lake. and hot, hot, weird day but flat, nice trail

Great hike with not to bad of an incline. Thankfully someone in the past couple days had left footprints in the snow since the last 1100' of the trail are covered and would have been tough to find the top. Well worth the adventure for an amazing view of Mt Jefferson.

Still a little treacherous on the top of the trail. Should be snow free in a couple of weeks

It's Memorial Day weekend and there is too much snow still just past Lucky Lake. Wasn't able to find trail

Tuesday, February 21, 2017


Monday, September 12, 2016

Started at rock pile trailhead and happy with the decision. The road was rough but not as bad as the road to summit lake where you can take the PCT to diamond peak. In the middle of August there were a ton of mosquitos at Marie and Rockpile lakes, but they were still worth it. Missed the corner the first time up the climbers trail because it was sooner than I thought to look, but it's clearly marked by rock cairns. It's slow going up with the scree, there are multiple paths crisscrossing all the way up to the false summit, going down I had no problem finding my way down to the corner on them. I took my dog the whole way, through the gendarmes I was definitely a little nervous, but there was a safety net with the snow on the side and we took it really slow. Unless your dog is experienced, sure footed, and calm I would not take them, one tiny misstep could be fatal. The trail was pleasantly uncrowded, only a couple lone hikers reached the summit before me then a larger group came after. Probably my absolute favorite hike, a great challenge and unreal 360 views.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

It's 9.4 miles round trip. Not 19.4.

Fun little in and out overnighter to Doris lake..Made great time getting in and out. Had the 8 year old in tow and he crushed it:) Lots of mosquitos out in full force. Opted out of hammock camping and decided on the tent instead. Recommend going out a little later on in the fall, less bugs and less trail traffic. Great spot to watch the stars and sun rise over the lake.

Monday, August 08, 2016

I read Steven White's review and, being in my early 60s, decided to start from the North side of Summit Lake. As I came from Odell Lake, this meant driving a bit over six miles on a "primitive" forest road (the sign said so!). I did use the four wheel drive part of the way, stopping in a few spots to map out the way through (I drive an old Pathfinder). Coming via Oakridge and Diamond drive is a better option for sure.

Parking at the trail-head, this made for a 4.2 miles pleasant walk on the PCT before starting the ascent via the climbers' trail. No real views to talk about (except beautiful forest and ponds/lakes) until just before veering off the PCT; the views just open at that point and a flat area with rocks provide a nice resting/snacking spot.

No sign to mark the turn to the climbers trail. Look for two small cairns on he left side of the PCT instead shortly after the view/rest spot. The ascent does require stamina as Steven noted; it is a good 45 degrees angle for the one mile or so from PCT to South summit. The trail is quite visible and varied: packed dirt , rocky path... and the required amount of scree. Once at the South/false summit, a .3 miles spine leads to the true summit. There are a few "gendarmes" on the way and I stayed on the East side of all of them (as snow fields provided a good safety net on that side). The summit offers sweeping 360 degree views ,including most of the Oregon cascadse peaks. The views of the Northern ridge and the SouthEast and NorthWest slopes/bowls are nothing short of spectacular too.

The summit area is fairly small and I had the chance to enjoy it all by myself for about 20 minutes ; after that, if felt a bit crowded when two parties (one of 2 and one of 3) joined me :-)

Final note: DO bring insect repellent if you don't want to feel like hiker-buffet for fierce stinging creatures, especially in the vicinity of Summit Lake

Monday, August 01, 2016

We hiked into Doris Lake for a night. Continued on to Mink Lake after reaching the PCT junction and spent a night at the Mink Lake shelter. Took the return route up to Cliff Lake and would have been happier to have spent the night there, but the lake was pretty crowded. We ended up hiking back to Doris and then out the next day. Many misquotes, as to be expected, and many other hikers. This is a good trail system with lots of options of beautiful swimmable lakes!

Thursday, July 07, 2016

I did part of this last week, but we went up the service road where it crosses, which I think was a mistake. was hoping for a spot with a good view of the mountain, but no such luck. it was still a really cool hike.
it's most likely more fun at a different part of the year due to tons of mosquito swarms haha.
late June/early July is kinda harsh.
overall an awesome hike though.

Sunday, January 03, 2016

Trail is rough in spots, and large log has moved part of it. The main thing is take your time. Once you are near the top, the view is awesome! I have been there summer and fall, once in winter but clouds were too low to see much. Nice trail, a bit steep.

Monday, October 19, 2015

We hiked the first 1.6 miles of this trail to an outstanding overlook of Diamond Lake. The hike is moderate in difficulty as it's all uphill but well worth the effort. Once at the overlook ares, scramble a hundred feet or so up the embankment for an unobstructed view.

Monday, August 24, 2015

I hiked in from Summit lake on the PCT. The last bit of the road running S>N along the lake is very rocky and is better for high clearance vehicles. If you are careful you can drive all the way to the north side of Summit lake to the Trailhead. If not the PCT shadows the road starting at the South side of the lake where there is a pullout for parking a car or two. The actual summit trail is consistently steep up until the top ridge line and requires a certain amount of stamina, though I think is doable by most people. A couple in there 60's summited shortly after I did =) Great views all the way around and totally worth the trip.

The other hikers I encountered all came in from the Rockpile trailhead, so it might be the better one.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Took south summit from rockpile. Lots of mosquitoes but well worth it. There is a trail that goes to the summit that makes it a bit easier. Fabulous views!

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Confusing at first since there wasn't a trail to took you to the mountain. Once we figured out that we found our own trail life was good. Very pretty hike. Storm came up before we got to the top and time ran ouy. Will definitely due again

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

No trail to the mountain.You forge your own. We started at corrigan lake trailhead and followed pioneer gulch trail and cut up toward the mountain. We scrambled over large boulders to the western ridge. Great hike.

Sunday, June 01, 2014

it was a little early for this trail. there some blow down and still some snow...nothing UNpassible. but got some nice views of jefferson

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

DO NOT ATTEMP THIS TRAIL. It is a jumble of fallen trees, 6' manzanita, snow brush and brambles. There is no trail to be seen.

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